This is by no means a complete history
of this building. Your additions and corrections are
very welcome - please
This building was built in 1935. By 1940 (and perhaps
before), it was the home of the first cash and carry chain grocery
store in St. Louis Park, Piggly Wiggly Store #25.
At some time between 1940 and when it moved out in June 1950,
Market occupied the building. For some reason it
was not listed in the directory.
In 1952, the store featured Tennesses's Quality Meats
In 1954-55 it was a National Tea grocery store.
National Tea is only listed at the Knollwood location in the
In 1956, E.G. Pearl was the proprietor
In 1960 it was home to Stillman's Food Stores - the only
one of 14 locations not in Minneapolis proper. Harry Stillman and his sons George, Norman, Arthur, and Leonard
were in the grocery business since perhaps the teens. In
1951, they claimed they had lower prices due to "carload
purchasing" and low cost distribution. Note that
the 1949 directory lists the Stillman Company at
4100 Minnetonka Blvd.
In 1962-65 there is evidence that it was owned by Burton A.
Shapiro, dba Buddy's.
In 1966-81 it was Milt's Market, owned by Milton H. Gutkin.
From 1966 to 1969, Charles M. Turner independently operated
"Charlie's Meats" Kosher meat market in the back of the
In 1985, Rabbi Shlomo Wolman opened “Kosher in the Park”
within Chi’s Super Market.
From 1995 to 2000 it was Fishman's Kosher Market and Grocery.
Fishman's moved to
4100 Minnetonka when the Lincoln Del went
out of business in 2000.
This information comes from a variety of sources: newspapers, books, yearbooks, phone directories, interviews, etc. Given the varied sources, we cannot guarantee that all of this information is correct, and welcome any additions and corrections. Please contact us with your contributions and comments.